Return of the Crimson Guard by Ian C. Esslemont
A Novel of the Malazan Empire (Malazan Empire Novels (Unnumbered))

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The return of the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard, could not have come at a worse time for a Malazan Empire exhausted by warfare and weakened by betrayals and rivalries. Indeed, there are those who wonder whether the Empress Laseen might not be losing her grip on power as she faces increasing unrest as conquered kingdoms and principalities sense freedom once more.





Into the seething cauldron of Quon Tali--the Empire's heartland--marches the Guard. With their return comes the memory of the Empire--and yet all is not well with the Guard itself. Elements within its elite, the Avowed, have set their sights on far greater power. There are ancient entities who also seek to further their own arcane ends. And what of the swordsman called Traveller who, with his companion Ereko, has gone in search of a confrontation from which none have ever returned?





As the Guard prepares to wage war, so Laseen's own generals and mages, the 'Old Hands', grow impatient at what they see as her mismanagement of the Empire. But could Laseen have outwitted them all? Could she be using the uprisings to draw out and finally eliminate these last irksome survivors from the days of her illustrious predecesor, Kellanved?



 

About Ian C. Esslemont

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IAN C. ESSLEMONT grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has studied archaeology and creative writing, has traveled extensively in Southeast Asia, and lived in Thailand and Japan for several years. He now lives in Alaska with his wife and children and is currently working on another novel set in the world of Malaz, a world he co-created with Steven Erikson.
 
Published April 7, 2010 by Tor Books. 732 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Yet just as we are wondering why anybody would want to defend such corruption, we are back among the soldiers fighting for the empire, and find that they are no different from the ones they are defending their cities from.

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Epic fiction is probably some of the hardest to write as you not only have to write a story that will hold your reader's attention but you have to create the world that the story takes place in.

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It's probably why I love epic fiction so much, because not only does it tell a whole series of stories, but if it's done properly the stories will create a whole new world for you to wander through.

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Return of the Crimson Guard is the second addition of Esslemont of the Malazan series, an epic fantasy universe he shares with Steven Erikson.

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SF&F In Print & On Screen.

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